Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The objective was to learn iterative methods for solving systems of equations. In a chemical engineering context, we can write a system of equations for an adsorption column and all the plates on the column. The goal would be calculate the liquid and gas fractions at each plate. Iterative methods were used. These involved transforming the coefficient matrix in ways that allow for quicker solutions. The material was put into a word document to aid with test review."
"Today, the student and I went over acids and bases for his test tomorrow. He had some difficulty answering multi-step questions. He didn't know how to approach them. I taught him some strategies that I found very useful when I was faced with those types of questions. I told him to simplify the question by putting it into his own words before attempting to solve it. I also gave him some tips on how to approach acid base equilibrium questions without using the quadratic formula. Overall, I think he has a good understanding of acid bases chemistry. He is able to think intuitively and critically about the questions."
"We covered Planck's laws of radiation, specifically black body radiation and the mathematics behind it. The student did very well in grasping the material after I broke it down to the core concepts and helped him picture it in different ways using examples such as the particle-in-a-box theory/model (which is the most fundamental for quantum physics/physical chemistry). I'm most proud of him for doing an outstanding job of taking in all the core, most simple concepts I was providing him and slowly putting them together to truly understand why the mathematics works and what is going on down in the subatomic scale (in particular, how energy and waves behave)."